Daily Bagel: Richard Gasquet impresses
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• Video: By the time the shot lands, Richard Gasquet is nowhere to be seen. Gasquet faces Andy Murray on Friday in the Sony Open semifinals.
• The Wall Street Journal revisits the case of Gasquet: Is this the year he finally lives up to his childhood hype?
• The New York Times profiles "Robmund," the impromptu doubles pairing of Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson. The wild-card duo shocked No. 1 Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci on Friday to advance to the Sony Open final.
• Steve Tignor looks at why this year's lackluster Sony Open signals a continued trend toward tennis' globalization: Europeans just don't care about Miami.
It’s a smaller point, but according to many pros there’s a history of European players pulling the plug quickly when they fall behind in Miami. Most of them have been in the U.S. for nearly a month by that time; thoughts of the trip home, and the clay season, are hard to resist. The more the game is dominated by Europeans, the less the Sony Open becomes a priority in general.
In truth, Miami is facing what every tennis tournament, no matter its surface, will be facing within the next decade—no Roger or Rafa. It has come to this event a little sooner; but it’s possible, with Federer cutting his schedule back and Nadal cutting back on hard courts, that neither will play the Sony Open again. Nadal is the bigger problem, as he will likely be around for longer than Federer. If this March is any guide to the future, the Sony and IMG boys have their work cut out for them. In Miami, Rafa was nowhere to be found. In Indian Wells, the first place he could be found after winning the title was smiling up at a first-row seat, shaking hands with Larry Ellison.
• Ivan Lendl explains why it's important that Andy Murray captures the No. 2 ranking sooner rather than later.